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“Health is a Choice: Making a Difference in Our Schools”



Highlights Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) and Palm Springs Unified School District in their efforts in using school time to help reduce childhood obesity. ...

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Article: Development of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Quality Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs



In this recently published article from Childhood Obesity, Wiecha et al. (2012), discuss the implications that the healthy eating and physical activity quality standards (HEPAQS), adopted by the National After School Association in April, 2011, may have on policy development. The HEPAQS includes 11 standards for Healthy Out-of-School Time, that could serve as voluntary guidelines for out-of-school programs and curricula. Read more about the guidelines ...

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“Health is Academic”



This slideshow presentation describes how the use of resources can maximized through partnerships and joint use agreements. ...

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“Door Slams on Girl Scouts’ Sweet Treats Health advocates lash out at Scouts over Nestlé deal”



Despite the Girl Scouts' efforts to teach members about health and wellness, the organization has renewed a licensing deal to co-brand candy bars with Nestle. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the Girl Scouts is sending the wrong message by entering into deals such as these, which promote junk food to children. ...

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“Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge: Making the Most of Your Community Assets”



Not only did the Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge inspire leaders to engage their community in becoming more active, but it also allowed participants an opportunity to determine what natural resources for physical activity exist in their community. ...

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“Eating Right and Well in AISD Schools”



AISD superintendent Meria Carstarphen's blog post about how AISD is ahead of the curve when it comes to healthy ...

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“Estimated Energy Expenditures for School-Based Policies and Active Living”



According to the abstract of this study, policies for mandatory physical education, physical activity breaks, and active transportation, had the greatest influence on the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity that children participate in. Mandatory daily physical education provided children with 23 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), classroom activity breaks provided 19 minutes of MVPA, and active community provided 16 minutes of MVPA. Park renovations also provided children with an extra 12 minutes of MVPA. ...

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“Expanding Young Students’ Role in Nutrition”



A Los Angeles Times article highlighting the new nutrition policy adopted by LA Unified School District. ...

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“FDOT Agrees to Adopt Complete Streets Policy”



According to a source from Transit Miami, the Florida Department of Transportation plans to incorporate Complete Streets in their future projects. ...

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